RI gov taps 4 new nominees for EDC
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday tapped four new nominees to serve on the board of the state’s Economic Development Corp., an agency that has struggled with vacancies following its failed investment in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company.
The independent governor also announced that he’s picked state AFL-CIO President George Nee to serve another term on the EDC board. Nee’s term had expired.
The other nominees are Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo; Roland Fiore, president of South County Sand & Gravel Co.; Jason Kelly, vice president of Moran Shipping Agencies of Providence; and Shannon Brawley, executive director of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association
Chafee’s picks must be confirmed by the state Senate.
In a statement announcing the nominations, the governor said the nominees come from industries important to the state such as education, building trades and shipping.
‘‘These nominees reflect my commitment to changing the focus and priorities of the EDC,’’ he said. ‘‘We are going to do all we can to help existing Rhode Island businesses — many of them small businesses — succeed and grow.’’
The EDC is still without an executive director and four other board members have either resigned or said they plan to do so.
Chafee said earlier this week that some potential nominees are hesitant to serve on the board because of the bad publicity surrounding the 38 Studios debacle.